2018 PA graduates

Concordia University Wisconsin’s Class of 2018 physician assistant students achieved a 100-percent first-time pass rate on their national certification exam.


The Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) is a required test for all physician assistants who wish to be licensed in the United States. The CUW rate is four points ahead of the national five-year average.

This is the second time one of Concordia’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant cohorts achieved this feat. The entire Class of 2017 also passed the exam on their first attempt. Concordia’s PA program saw its first students graduate in 2015.

The most recent class of PA graduates also continues an impressive job placement record for the university, and graduates are excelling in their positions as well, with alumni landing jobs at major medical organizations, including Aurora Health Care, Mayo Clinic, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

“We’re thrilled with the success of our students year after year, especially considering how young our program is,” says Jacqueline Kazik, MA, PA-C, who serves as the director of the PA program. “We have incredible alumni who are doing extraordinary work all over the country. These pass rates are a continual testament to the caliber of our program.”

— Kali Thiel is director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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